Sheriff: Hampton Pharmacy armed robbery suspect captured in Elizabethton

UPDATE: Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said the suspect in an armed robbery at Hampton Pharmacy has been captured.

Lunceford said deputies responded to a home off of Keenburg Road in Elizabethton after receiving a tip that the suspect’s vehicle — a red Explorer identified in the armed robbery earlier Thursday afternoon — was at the home.

He said deputies secured the scene to make sure no one left the area and once they received a search warrant a SWAT team entered the home where they located and arrested Jason Stout.

Lunceford said deputies found the pistol used during the armed robbery, as well as the medication that was taken from the pharmacy.

Stout was charged with armed robbery and was taken to the Carter County Jail in Elizabethton, where he was being held on $50,000 bond.

He was scheduled for a court appearance on April 11.

Lunceford said Thursday’s armed robbery capture was a joint effort by sheriff’s office deputies and the community.

“Our citizens always reach out to us,” he said. “We have good people here in this county and we did put out the information from various sources early on and it paid off. The citizens came through again.”

One school was placed on lockdown Thursday due to the armed robbery.

Carter County Director of Schools Kevin Ward said the school transitioned from a hard lockdown to a soft lockdown, before the lockdown at the school was lifted around 1:40 pm.

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